2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked (1/2 lb)
1/2 cup quality mayonnaise
1 tsp salt
2 tsp carrot, shredded (optional)
Makes about 4 half-Plate servings
PRO TIP: For mac salad that won't absorb the dressing and "dry out", store the wet chilled pasta in a ziploc bag overnight.
This macaroni is intentionally simple which will allow it to take on the other flavors of the Plate rather than compete with them – resist the urge to doctor it up. Mac salad is best served chilled, so use the cold-water bath and/or prepare it ahead of time to give the pasta some time in the refrigerator. Do not stir in the mayonnaise until the last minute, since it will have a tendency to soak into the pasta after a while.